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U. S. To Phase Out Some Antibiotics In Animal Feed

U. S. To Phase Out Some Antibiotics In Animal Feed

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently instated a proposal that would begin to eliminate the antibiotics used for non-medical purposes in animal feed in the U.S. Their plan is to initiate a voluntary process in which the feed products containing antibiotics used solely for enhanced growth and food production would be phased out. Antibiotics used for enhancement purposes are put in animal feed or drinking water in order to make the animals gain weight quickly. It is also used to reduce the amount of food that is needed to increase bulk in the animals. It is commonly used… read more

Antibiotics in Food

Antibiotics in food

According to DeNoon (2012), 80% of all antibiotics used in the United States are given to animals. This has raised concerns about the development of superbugs – bacteria that have evolved a resistance to antibiotics due to constant low-level exposure. Because these germs can’t easily be killed with antibiotics, they are more likely to have fatal consequences. Many organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), consider the development of drug-resistant bacteria to be among the greatest major health threats in the world. Farm… read more